MLA has established a Dependent Care and Accessibility Assistance Voucher for the meeting in March, 2022. This fund was created in order to make attending the national MLA meeting more feasible to those with accessibility and dependent care needs and totals $2,000. Please note that this does not replace reasonable accommodations set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act that would normally be provided by the Association upon request.
Applicants may request up to $200 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Examples of allowable expenses include, but are not necessarily limited to:
Caregiving expenses at the site of the meeting. Extra caregiving expenses at home incurred because the caregiver was (virtually or physically) attending the meeting (for example, overtime at a daycare center, cost of a sitter, home health aid, etc.).
Expenses incurred in bringing a caregiver (or family member acting as caregiver) to the meeting or to their home to care for the child or adult.
Expenses incurred in transporting a dependent to the conference, a babysitter, or family member.
Expenses incurred by the national meeting attendee with disabilities to bring a family member or caregiver to the meeting to assist the attendee.
Applications will be evaluated with particular attention to the statement of need. A task force composed of Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee members will review applications weekly, and we aim to inform applicants within 10 business days.
All MLA members are eligible to apply and should fill out an application before February 15, 2022.
Thanks go to the Board for their review and thoughtful logistical questions and Tracey Rudnick, Elizabeth Hille Cribbs, and the Business Office for making this possible through our website.
Chair, Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee, MLA